Gareth Southgate explains Marcus Rashford absence from Euro 2024 squad

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Gareth Southgate chose to leave Marcus Rashford out of his provisional Euro 2024 squad, with the England gaffer now explaining his decision.

Manchester United only have a few players named in the latest England squad. Kobbie Mainoo and Harry Maguire are now the best hope for Red Devils representatives in the final squad. Luke Shaw was also given the nod in the provisional gameplan, though numbers will be trimmed down before a final group is named.

No doubt the big talking point after the announcement was Marcus Rashford’s absence. The attacker will know he hasn’t had his finest season in Red Devils colours, though I fully believe he is shocked at the decision…

Anyway, Gareth Southgate has quickly defended himself, explaining why he chose to opt for Anthony Gordon instead of United’s #10…

The England boss had a pretty simple theory behind the decision, claiming that others have just enjoyed better campaigns than the United man.

Check out what Gareth Southgate had to say in full here:

“These are of course difficult calls,” Southgate said, per Sky Sports. “You are talking about very good players who have been important in what we’ve done over a number of years.”

“With Marcus, I just feel that other players in that area of the pitch had better seasons. It’s as simple as that.”

Honestly, as much as I’d like to disagree. It’s difficult. Rashford only has himself to blame after some pretty dull performances. There has been a real lack of effort and intensity, which led to an inevitable drying up of goals and assists.

I understand the fact that Rashford’s pace, directness and sheer skill would have been a great option to have off the bench, though the aforementioned Gordon, and Bukayo Saka, can also fill that role.

It felt like a confidence thing as the season progressed and right now, he’s not a certainty to start in the FA Cup final this coming weekend. That alone should tell you everything you need to know about how it’s playing out right now. The good news for United is that if Rashy is involved he will walk out on that Wembley turf with a genuine point to prove.

In the long run, this could be good for Rashford and United. Their star man gets a full summer to rest up and recharge the batteries, while he also could have that fire in his belly again, as he looks to show Southgate that he was wrong to leave him out.

Agree? Disagree with what Southgate had to say? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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